Tips for Teachers
Teaching kids about writing can be enjoyable . . . it can also be difficult and scary. Helping kids find their writing voice can be rewarding . . . it can also be a long, tedious process. Discovering how to teach and what to teach your writing students can be an exciting journey . . . it can also be a long and lonely road.
Most writing teachers in elementary schools don't have a curriculum to use. Instead, they have standards to reach. Standards are the scope of the curriculum. Sometimes those standards are arranged in the order they are to be taught, and that makes the sequence of the curriculum. The actual curriculum—the lessons—still have to be developed by teachers.
What helps me most as a writing teacher is a community of fellow writing teachers. We share lessons, ideas, discuss problems, and plot solutions. If you don’t have such a network, make it your goal to develop one. In the meantime, here are some resources to get you on the road to success.
Sometimes it's helpful to see writing crafts mentor texts. This list of crafts found in some wonderful picture books and children's novels will point you in the right direction. Soon you'll be finding crafts everywhere!
Setting up a writing classroom, establishing the procedures for your classroom, and beginning writer's workshop takes planning and preparation. This set of mini-lessons will help!
This pledge begins every session of writing instruction in my classroom. The pledge reminds students that they are here to write, grow as writers, and become better writers each and every day.
This alphabetized list of writing crafts will help you understand those terms you hear during professional development sessions and read about in ELA texts, professional journals, and elsewhere. Knowledge is power—so get ready for a power surge!
RESOURCES FOR PRIDE:
In order to be an ally for LGBTQ+ students, you need to be knowledgeable and informed. This historical overview provides a starting point.
Having the right book for the right student at the right time is essential. This list will help you start building your collection of LGBTQ+ friendly picture books.
This is a short list of holidays, celebrations, and events important to the LGBTQ+ community.
This helpful list of LGBTQ+ themed middle-grade novels and teacher resources was compiled by Shannon Hitchcock.